View Full Version : My horse wants to retire in the south..suggestions?

Tini Sea Soldier
Sep. 8, 2009, 12:34 PM
So I've got my retired hunter horse in NJ right now. He is currently turned out 24/7 at a GREAT facility... but they are discontinuing retirement board. Rather than look for another place around here, I've made the executive decision to send him south so that he doesn't have to deal with another NJ winter.... bc GOD KNOWS... one of us shouldn't have to!

Below I'm listing basically what I'm looking for... if you run a facility and/or know of a great place that you can recommend... PLEASE PM me or respond to the thread. I'm in no rush, as my darling guy is "grandfathered" in and they are in no rush to see him go... I'd rather find the right place, than the first place.

Ideally looking for something in VA, NC, SC, or FL.
Stall would be great... but would consider pasture board also.
He currently needs front shoes (did I mention he's a delicate TB?)... so if you require them barefoot... he might not be able to go there.
Grooming available (maybe once or twice a week, as needed)
Blankets put-on and removed as necessary.

He is used to being in a small herd (5-6 horses/ponies)... he seems to get lost in a larger one. Right now, he is turned out with a group of ponies in the evening and a TB mare during the day.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Sep. 8, 2009, 12:40 PM
"onthebit" owns and runs this farm. http://www.retiredhorses.com/ I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it, and she is a lovely person!

Also "EqTrainer" does retirement, rehab and lay-up boarding at her facility in NC, she is super and a very knowledgeable professional.

I know both farms don't always have availability but I'd worth PMing them to find out. I don't think you could go wrong with either one.

Sep. 8, 2009, 12:47 PM
Contact Pam Mahoney of Sterling Ridge Farm in Southern Pines--aka COTH's own Lord Helpus. Pam is very experienced with both layups and retirees and takes wonderful, exacting care of the animals under her charge. Her farm is lovely; I want to retire there!


Sep. 8, 2009, 12:53 PM
i board at a farm in pinehurst, nc - where we have retired show horses (including one
who has been to the olympics ! ) great retirement care, individual attention, low key,
great turnout, stalls available if necessary. pm me if you would like additional info.

Sep. 8, 2009, 01:41 PM
I was going to suggest Lord Helpus as well. My boy will retire with her when the time comes :)

City Ponies
Sep. 8, 2009, 02:02 PM
Dixieland Farm in Mocksville, NC. Does retirement and has a ton of lesson kids that will gladly brush and dote on him for free :) Lots of turnout with 12x14 stalls, small catered group turnout, 6-8 max.


Coppers mom
Sep. 8, 2009, 02:13 PM
Abbeymoor Farm in NC has a fantastic farrier, 14X14 stalls, and the horses don't go out in groups larger than 4 in quite large, lush pastures. They work with a couple different vets, so no matter what's going on, they have a specialist for it. I have to move my horses up closer to college, and I'm realizing how spoiled I was with them now that I'm looking at other farms.


Sep. 8, 2009, 02:28 PM
I know of a great barn near Atlanta for retirement horses. Affordable, flexible care, VERY small group of horses on a large farm. Grass year round, 12x12 stalls in nice new barn (concrete stalls, mats, and very liberal with shavings), and all extras included (blanketing to supplements to holding for farrier and vet to first aid to fly spraying daily, etc). Farm is twenty acres with a max of eight horses. Only six on the property right now.

Also you have your choice of several vets and farriers, from basic to specialty/lameness. (I err on the side of specialty, but there is something for everyone and Barn Owner doesn't mind coordinating with multiple practitioners.)

I know the barn owner grooms the retired horses regularly (four of the six are retired) but not sure exactly how often.They always look clean, shiny, and happy. (I am usually half-way through tacking up when Barn Owner bikes down to the barn to show me some very minor scratch on my horse that I didn't even notice. Oops! Bad mama! But Barn Owner ALWAYS notices.)

Barn Owner is a retired gentleman-farmer type and he absolutely fills his days trying to think of ways to make things better and solve horse-related problems. He doesn't miss a thing.

He has a guest house that will be made available to visiting owners too; it's brand-new (built this year), very nice, and right next to the barn.

PM me and I will tell you more or answer questions. I don't want to post the board cost here because everyone is going to be SO jealous. :D It is super, super affordable, even for Atlanta which is way less than most parts of NJ I think.

Good luck in your retirement farm search!

Tini Sea Soldier
Sep. 8, 2009, 09:14 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions so far! Please keep them coming!

Sep. 8, 2009, 09:25 PM
You've gotten some excellent suggestions, but I can't help but notice - you didn't include GA on your list of acceptable southern states! :eek: :lol:

Seriously, I bet your guy will love being in the south. I've got a NY retiree in my herd. He's adapted well to being a GA redneck and we just love him! Good luck on your search :yes:

Sep. 8, 2009, 09:34 PM
the Horse Retirement Home of Marion County (Ocala) does NOTHING except retirement board. It's a nice facility and reasonable price for the level of service they provide although not cheap. It's not a place where they stick the horse out in a field.....


Sep. 8, 2009, 09:35 PM
I keep my boy at a small local stable, Fiddlers Green. It has a 10 stall main barn with another four stall barn with larger stalls than the 10 stall. The ranch owns 5-6 horses that they will put out with your horse if needed, they decide which are best fits with each other. Excellent care and very reasonable prices. They do not have boarding prices on the web site, but if you want to pm me I can give them to you. They work for you and do whatever it takes to make you happy. Very nice people, place has good grass turnout for Florida. Website doesn't have many pictures, but I can send you some of the barn and pastures also if you are interested. The website is http://fiddlersgreenranch.com/

Tini Sea Soldier
Sep. 9, 2009, 10:55 AM
I posted this on the hunter/jumper forum... but figured I'd post here also to get some more options.
After reading that horrendous article about that retirement place in VA... I'd like to hear both your recommendations AND any places that you DON'T suggest (please send those in a PM format only!!!). I will keep all names confidential.. but don't want to have that nightmare or any sort of neglect happen to my precious little man.

Ideally looking for a place that has the following:
small herds
possible stalls
area of: VA, NC, GA, SC, FL, TN, KY
allows horses with front shoes (the diva apparently needs them!)
feeds hay year-round
grooming a few times a month
takes blankets on and off as necessary
If pasture board only... large run-in sheds

Please let me know if you board, own, or know such a place. Thanks!

Sunny's Mom
Sep. 9, 2009, 12:16 PM
My retired horses are in northeast texas. www.magicarpetshowhorses.com They are really well taken care of! Rolling hills, soft turf and tons of grass.

Sep. 9, 2009, 02:34 PM
People recommend Paradigm Farms. It is owned by COTH poster Onthebit. They have a website, and people rave about them. It is in Tennessee.

Moderator 1
Sep. 9, 2009, 02:56 PM
Hi Tini ~

We merged your two threads on this topic back together to avoid duplication. Since you were getting more of a response in H/J, we put it here, but if you'd like to try it in Off Course later, just send me a note, and we'd be happy to move it over there.

Thanks and good luck finding a new spot!
Mod 1

Sep. 10, 2009, 06:30 AM
I would highly reccommend Fiona in West End Nc. Small farm with individual care. Lots of turn out. She is wonderful. She has a couple of retires and also does lay-ups. She is very adffordable too. I don't think you would be disapointed. Check out her page on my website. Holly Hedge Stables.
Good luck!!

Sep. 10, 2009, 08:50 AM
"onthebit" owns and runs this farm. http://www.retiredhorses.com/ I have heard nothing but wonderful things about it, and she is a lovely person!

Also "EqTrainer" does retirement, rehab and lay-up boarding at her facility in NC, she is super and a very knowledgeable professional.

I know both farms don't always have availability but I'd worth PMing them to find out. I don't think you could go wrong with either one.

Thanks Flash :) I do retire the ocassional "high maintenance" horse.. I really enjoy taking care of the elderly gentlemen who stay here until they pass on.

Sep. 10, 2009, 12:12 PM
The Horse Retirement Home (http://www.horseretirementhome.com/feed-care.html) in Ocala has a beautiful barn with 12 x 16 stalls and turn out groups are small (around 4)

This is from their website....

We feed a variety of high quality Seminole feeds which are milled right here in Ocala and trusted by the top race horse and performance horse farms in the Florida. There are three feed stores located within 2 miles from the farm and any type of feed, supplies and medicines are readily available for your horse. Coastal Bermuda hay is offered to all retirees, unless special needs require mixed hay or Alfalfa.

Every Thursday each horse is groomed and pampered. They are brushed; their hooves are picked and they get bathed if the weather permits. The retired horses are wormed every two months and we will discuss equine dentistry and vaccinations with each owner. New boarders must show proof of current coggins and vaccinations before arriving at the farm.

Sep. 11, 2009, 12:03 PM
Tini...you have a PM in which I forgot to add that you might want to check out the listings on the retirement page on USHJA. All of us listed there are "vetted" to an extent prior to being listed.


Sep. 11, 2009, 12:25 PM
Your baby would love the Southern Pines/Pinehurst/Raeford area. Beautiful footing and mild winters.

Tini Sea Soldier
Sep. 11, 2009, 03:07 PM
Thank you so much for the suggestion so far!

I'm planning to make a list and visit a bunch of places in October. Hoping to move him down there sometimes in late October/early Nov. Please keep the suggestions coming... and feel free to pm me if you think of anymore!

Lots of love,

Smidgen & Barbara

Sep. 11, 2009, 10:23 PM
We currently have two horses retired at PARADIGM FARMS, the owners have been up to visit them multiple times ... Highly recommended!

Fairview Horse Center
Sep. 11, 2009, 10:43 PM
We are in Northern Virginia. I have had several retired horses stay here - in stalls nights in the winter, days in the summer. We have a larger herd though, but new horses are super easy to introduce to the herd. Blanketing is not a problem. I also can also arrange farrier and vet visits. We also offer grooming for a extra charge, and can update owners with photos. and video clips.

Sep. 12, 2009, 12:03 PM
I used to board here but no longer have a horse due to college. Would still be there if I had one though! http://pittsfarmsequestriancenter.net/ It's in Milton, Florida

People are wonderful, best barn I have ever been at and I have been at many many many barns!